America's Mid-Life Crisis: The Future of a Troubled Superpower

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Something has happened to the fundamental nature of American culture...a midlife crisis. Recently observers have noted a seismic shift far beyond normal cyclic changes in culture and trends in America. Following September 11, the United States, no longer confident in the protection of two vast oceans, a powerful military structure and a dominant economy, developed policies and practices that exclude foreigners and seem to violate basic civil rights guaranteed under the Constitution. After decades of the ebb and flow of isolationism and expansionism, the US took a rigid new tack that hasn't been reversed yet. What's happening in America? And more importantly, why? America's Midlife Crisis examines the history and culture of the country at a crucial point in its development. From immigration to industry to world influence, this book captures the values, beliefs and behaviors of an increasingly complex society that is struggling to carve out its place in a new world order.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931930079
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Gary Weaver is founder and executive director of Intercultural Management Institure (IMI) and for four decades a member of the faculty of the School of International Service at American University, the largest school of International Affairs in the country. Adam Mendelson is managing editor of The Middle East Journal and serves on the Editorial Review Board of Intercultural Management Quarterly (IMQ). He has an M.A. in International Affairs from American University's School of International Service.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9/11 - A Challenge to American Culture

1 American National Culture: A Matter of Culture and History 1

2 What Is the American Culture and What Is a "Typical" American? 21

3 Melting Pots to Mosaics: Race and Immigration 47

4 From John Winthrop to John Wayne: Exceptionalism, Self-Reliance, and Cowboy Values 79

5 "Don't Just Stand There, Do Something!" 101

6 American Civic Culture 127

7 Prosperity at Home, Prestige Abroad: Foreign Policy 147

8 What Holds America Together Also Tears It Apart 171

9 A National Midlife Crisis? Where Do We Go from Here? 195

Bibliography 219

Index 249

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